5 Tips on How to Use Marijuana When You’ve Got the Flu

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 8, 2019

Marijuana and Flu

Whether you are smoking a spliff or a pure, 100% cannabis joint it may not be the best thing in the world to smoke marijuana with the flu.

The flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It infects the nose, throat, and lungs, and can cause mild to severe illness. At times it can even lead to death. Approximately 5%-20% of the U.S. population will get the flu and the number of people that are hospitalized, due to complications, is between 3000 and 49,000.

What Is the Flu?

According to WebMD, the flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B. It appears mainly in the Winter and spreads throughout the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.

The symptoms associated with the flu tend to be coughing, headaches and chest discomfort. With the flu, you’re likely to run a high fever for a couple of days and feel extremely tired and achy. The flu is a viral disease, and therefore the best treatment is rest and drink plenty of fluids. Antibiotics won’t help treat the flu as antibiotics treat bacterial infections and not viral infections.

The flu virus is highly contagious and is transferred from person to person through respiratory secretions. It tends to jump from one individual to the next, infecting those who are in close contact with one another.

While anyone can get the flu, it is more common among elderly people and infants. People who suffer from chronic ailments such as heart diseases, lung disease, and diabetes are more prone to getting the flu than people in good health.

Cannabis and the Flu

Smoking cannabis when you’ve got the flu isn’t the best combination as it can irritate your throat and lungs further, causing inflammation, BUT that doesn’t necessarily mean that marijuana consumption is not an effective solution for fighting off the flu.

Recent research has found that flavonoids, substances found in plants and fruits, exhibit significant activity against the flu through their anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Flavonoids are important antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.

Similar to all plants, cannabis also contains flavonoids which are an excellent anti-inflammatory group of phytonutrients.

This means that by consuming marijuana when you are sick with the flu, you are helping to fix your body’s imbalances – elements that your body has been lacking in the important flavonoid department.

5 Tips on How to Use Cannabis When You’re Sick with the Flu

#1 Eat It

Cannabis Edibles Brownies

The problem isn’t the cannabis, but the way patients are consuming it. As we mentioned above, smoking weed with the flu can irritate your throat and lungs. To avoid this, you can ingest it. By ingesting cannabis, you are going to get all the advantages of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids, without the negative side-effects of smoking.

#2 Drink it

Marijuana Tea

There is nothing like a soothing, hot cup of herbal tea to get rid of the flu. Marijuana-infused tea has become extremely popular as it allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of the herb in a non-conventional way. By combining marijuana tea with the flu you may find you’re sleeping and feeling better.

#3 Cannabis Oil

CBD oil benefits

Cannabis oil (tinctures) is another popular method of consuming cannabis, and this one won’t irritate anything. Tinctures are liquid extracts of plants or herbal materials, explicitly intended for oral use. Using them is very simple. Shake the bottle well before use. Squeeze the dropper to fill the pipette with oil and drop the liquid under your tongue. It’s best to allow the oil to absorb before you swallow, so wait for about a minute. It’s as easy as that.

#4 Vaporizers

Best Wax Vape Pens

The carcinogens in the smoke will cause more damage than its worth, and therefore it is important to find a good alternative. Invest in a high-quality vaporizer that will remove the carcinogens allowing you to benefit from the weed without any nasty outcomes.

Related article: The 5 Best Marijuana Wax Vape Pens | Review

#5 Steam It

Cannabis Oil Spa

This is a trick we heard from one of our followers. Instead of ingesting or using a pipette, you place cannabis oil in a steamer or a hot bowl of water and then inhale the steam that is created from the heat. We’re not sure if it’s really effective, but it’s sure worth a try.

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17 comments
  1. Danny Sherman
    Tea

    If you are having flu, go for steam over a water bowl, and if that is not possible, the best way is to have cannabis infused tea or coffee. However, please ensure that if you are going for multiple measures, then keep your overall cannabis intake under check.

  2. Floyd G
    Doesn't affect fever but you will feel better

    I smoked 15 minutes ago, two or three hits. The lung/throat irritation is very ephemeral. I would have to attribute the fact that I feel better to distraction. I figure I have the flu now as I’ve had mono before and I’m not in the same terrible shape. I can function but like mono the fever is coming back every 5 hours after taking Advil. Anyhow, I’m still going to take fever suppressant pills as I’m at my 5 hour mark. The pot doesn’t seem to affect that. I just feel better by distraction of the buzz.

  3. Martha Hickman
    Detox Maybe

    I don’t think cannabis interferes with my flu ever. I use the THC free CBD with a non-psychoactive stamp. In fact it helps me with the flu to recover back quicker. But if you are looking for THC and flu tips, I would say nothing would work. Even detoxing and all do not work to an extent as they promise, so it is your own body response as to how much more irritation it causes to your system . I know some people who remain actually fine even when smoking weed during a flu, or perhaps they don’t seem to mind.

  4. Phillip
    Supresses the immune system.

    Cannabis depresses the immune system through its anti-inflammatory action and makes the person consuming it more susceptible and vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections. Scientific studies (Google “cannabis suppresses the immune system”) have proven this. Cannabis has benefits, but it’s not a cure all, its immune suppressing properties also makes people more at risk of developing auto-immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease. Again studies done on mice have proven this. Finally, I myself am proof that it does in fact suppress the immune system. After vaping for a whole week all day long, I developed a cold sore that lasted 2 weeks, followed by one of the worse colds I ever contracted. So consume in moderation, like everything else.

    1. Evan
      I still think a few hits of weed smoke is fine as long as your lungs are not drowning in mucus.

      Dude what are you going on about? You got a cold sore because You are a carrier of herpes simplex 1. That is a fact. You got sick right after because when a herpes outbreak happens it often comes along with major flu like symptoms and distinguishable by swollen glands. I do not mean to be rude. HSV1 and HSV2 are VERY similar and both do this. I smoke cannabis daily and recently failed to even catch HSV2 when I was exposed to it. Please do not say you are proof of anything related to weed harming our immune system. You simply carried a dormant and annoying virus. 70% of adults are carriers of HSV1.

    2. Jacqueline L Thomas
      improved my immune system

      Cbd oil has helped my immune system, not harmed it. I have not had a cold or anything in over a year. Cbd oil is an amazing thing.

    3. Debbie
      Sleeping

      That was already in System…sleeping

  5. Phillip
    Consume in moderation

    Cannabis depresses the immune system through its anti-inflammatory action and makes the person consuming it more susceptible and vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections. Scientific studies have proven this. Cannabis has benefits, but it’s not a cure all, its immune suppressing properties also makes people more at risk of developing auto-immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease. Again studies done on mice have proven this. Finally, I myself am proof that it does in fact suppress the immune system. After vaping for a whole week all day long, I developed a cold sore that lasted 2 weeks, followed by one of the worse colds I ever contracted. So consume in moderation, like everything else.

  6. Rosa

    One time I felt that I was getting sick with the flu (sore throat runny nose) and i remembered i smoked (it does make you cough and burns a little) and i also made some hot chocolate which I drank after i smoked and the next day i didn’t have a runny nose and sore throat, i didn’t feel sick at all anymore

  7. Dorothy Benitez

    I find cannabis steam a good idea for curing flu easily.

  8. Denise Rakowski

    Got incredible relief from flu thanks to marijuana-infused tea.

  9. Mongie

    I’m trying the tea option for the first time with coconut oil and a little bit of honey. It’s been 10 minutes and I already feel more relaxed. I’ve got a bad flu right now with some acute bronchitis symptoms. Will do this again for sure!

  10. Rhonwen Western

    The smoking thing makes perfect sense, but I can’t afford things like oils, weed tea, & edibles. Can just about afford buds to smoke. So even if smoking does affect my throat & lungs, it’ll still help me out, right?

    1. A rose by any name

      You actually don’t need very much to make a single serving of tea. Probably about the same amount you’d use to smoke. Just get a steeper and some green tea and mix a “bowl” into it and steep in hot water. A little bit of honey. You’re all set. 👍

  11. Mary Dewitt

    It’s amazing to hear that cannabis can even help with flu symptoms. There is really no need for opiods anymore.

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